Davie home bakers can soon sell to public
Town paving way for cottage food industry after change in state law Think your baking is better than the rest?…
Think your baking is better than the rest?
If you live in Davie, you’ll soon be able to make up to $15,000 a year using those culinary skills, without worrying about food safety inspections by the state.
Last year, the Legislature eliminated state licensing requirements for so-called cottage food businesses. But Davie still prohibits such home-based businesses.
That’s about to change.
Town leaders gave tentative approval to the plan in a 3-2 vote Wednesday. A final vote is expected on Jan. 18.
Residents could make and sell breads, rolls, biscuits, cakes, cookies, candy, pies, jelly, jam, dried fruits, cereals, trail mix, pasta, dried fruits, herbs and seasonings, vinegar and popcorn.
But there’s a catch.
Under state law, you can’t make more than $15,000 a year or sell to stores and restaurants. You also can’t sell over the Internet or take mail orders.
While state law allows people to sell goods directly from their homes, the Davie ordinance forbids that. Products could be sold from a roadside stand or farmers’ market or taken directly to the customer.
Cooks would have to use labels telling buyers the product was not prepared in a kitchen subject to the state’s food safety regulations.
And some cottage foods are not allowed.
Here’s what can’t be sold: fish or shellfish products; fresh or fried meat or meat products including jerky; canned fruits, vegetables, vegetable butters, flavored oils, hummus, garlic dip and salsas; canned pickled products like corn relish, pickles and sauerkraut; raw seed sprouts; baked goods that require any type of refrigeration such as cream, custard or meringue pies and cakes or pastries with cream cheese icings or fillings; milk and dairy products including hard, soft and cottage cheeses and yogurt; cut fresh fruits or vegetables and juices made from fresh fruits or vegetables; ice and ice products; barbecue sauces, ketchup and mustard; and focaccia-style breads with vegetables or cheeses.
For information, go to http://www.freshfromflorida.com/fs/CottageFoodAdvisory.pdf or call 850-245-5520.
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